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This week's Media Create charts, a service that tracks the software and hardware sales in Japan, shows the Nintendo Switch far ahead of the competition in this crucial market.

Although the hardware sales of 45,509 units are a drop from the impressive figures of 78,441 the previous week, 's newest console continues to top the chart by a wide margin, with the runner-up New 3DS LL shifting 25,719 units. Undoubtedly the 3DS is still enjoying a boost from the recently released blockbuster Monster Hunter XX, which continues to top the software charts in the region, with 127,721 sold.

Switched On!

The full hardware sales for the week of 3/27/17–4/2/17 are as follows:

  • Switch: 45,509
  • New 3DS LL: 25,719
  • PlayStation 4: 25,006
  • PlayStation Vita: 7,780
  • 2DS: 6,240
  • PS4 Pro: 5,051
  • New 3DS: 1,995
  • PS3: 1,724
  • : 449
  • : 187

More than a month out from the launch and still widely sold out across Japan — as well as proving difficult to get your hands on in other major markets such as the USA and Western Europe — there is little doubt now of the staying power of Nintendo's hybrid console.

Lasting Momentum

With Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the horizon — and with these two games promising great commercial success — expectation is that sales will remain steady or increase.

On the software chart for this week, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains in the top five, proving the staying power of the most popular game for the system. 1-2-Switch also retains a top 10 spot, with the title continuing to surpass expectations in Japan.

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Another interesting point to note from this week's figures is the remains steady, with 25,000 units sold. With the aforementioned Monster Hunter XX taking out top honors for software sales, titles Musou Stars and Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions fill out the top three in what appears to be a solid baseline for Sony's console. These numbers are clearly very promising for Nintendo, especially during this traditionally slow time of year for sales.

Do these figures surprise you? Are you one of the many who faced difficulty tracking down a Switch of your own? Sound off in the comments section below.


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